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Author Topic: Where We Began, but Changed  (Read 196 times)

Bilbo Baggins

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Where We Began, but Changed
« on: June 28, 2020, 07:45:20 PM »
The last time Bilbo had been within these Halls, he had breathed a sigh of relief, and felt the wave of varying emotions escaping certain death brought. As well as the awed joy and splendor of seeing this magnificent Elf city up close. One he'd read about so many times.

He had been such a different Hobbit then; but then Gandalf had already made that observation back when the Company left Beorn's house.

Still, it was odd to see the Halls now and ponder who, and where, he'd been then vs. now, on his and Gandalf's return trip to the Shire. It was probably the one stop where he felt the difference the most. Beorn's house hadn't been that long between visits; it was nice to be able to visit Thranduil's Halls in plain, visible, sight and with the Elf King's welcome. Yet here, Rivendell, while nothing about Elrond's gracious hospitality had changed, everything else had.

He had just been starting out upon his journey before, now he was all but finished with it. And it was only himself and Gandalf, not plus Thirteen Dwarves. They had left Ten in Erebor, to plan their own return trip and tell their kin...much. Though Bilbo was very curious about how things fared in the Shire, he suspected it went on in much the same manner as it had, and would even seem unchanged from when he left.

Unlike those like Balin and Bard, he would just step back through his door (he assumed) and not have the grand task of delivering such news as the Fall of the Line of Durin or the rebuilding of two whole cities.

Bilbo gazed out at a serene waterfall just beyond the railing all but at his height, and felt the contrast of watching the water gently fall and recalling watching helpless from a mountain as fire scorched everything, cursing his every foolish word or word not spoken that had brought it to that end.

"At-least he was the last", Bilbo whispered, hardly aware he even spoke in a low tone to himself, "At least he was the last". But...was that true? Yes, Bilbo thought to himself, he recalled from his books...he would have to do another perusal when he got home, though, to ensure.

Not that Fire Drakes were likely to threaten the Shire, but...Bilbo now held an understanding, a bit more of one anyway, of the vastness of the world, and cared for things beyond his lovely garden gate and even the borders of the Shire. As Gandalf had said he would!

Dolies indeed! Bilbo found a small smile. It really was, and had been, an absurd worry! And he saw it, and his fretting Hobbit self,  now in much the same light as Gandalf no doubt had at the time.


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